Gatholonabes – Aladeules – Aloadin – 
By what ειλετο.
οτπερ.  Pipin – pedigree – can you identify
those names for those three are one? – but thank you for the
extract.  there is a lie or two
in Sir John Maundeville – & this is one of the best. do
you know that the Old Man of the Mountain 
is nothing more than old Gatholonabes, tamed down to suit
the decent lies of history? I am now ranging “in that
goodlie Paradise – so do not wonder at my head running upon
Grosvenor I think seriously of going abroad.
my complaint, so am I told by the opinion of many medical
men is wholly a diseased sensibility – (mind you – physical
sensibility –) disordering the functions now of the heart –
now of the intestines – & gradually debilitating me.
climate is the obvious remedy. in my present state to
attempt to undergo the confinement of legal application were
actual suicide. I am anxious to be well – & to attempt
the profession. much in it I never
shall do – sometimes my principles will stand in my way –
sometimes the want of readiness which I felt from the first
– a want which I always know in company, & never in
solitude & silence. howbeit I will make the attempt –
but mark you, if by stage writing, or any other writing, I
can acquire independance, I will not make the sacrifice of
happiness it will inevitably cost me. I love the country – I
love study – devotedly I love it. but in legal studies it is
only the subtitly of the mind that is exercised – however I
need not philippicize – & it is too late to veer about.
in 96 I might have chosen physic & succeeded in it – I
caught at the first plank – & mist the great mast in my
reach. perhaps I may enable myself to swim by & by.
Grosvenor I have nothing of what the world call ambition. I
never thought it possible that I could be a great Lawyer – I
should as soon expect to be the Man in the Moon. my views
were bounded – my hopes – to an income of 500 a year, of
which I could lay by half to effect my escape with. possibly the stage may exceed this,
& that at an expence of time on my part allowing three
parts of the year to other labours. I am not indolent – I
loathe indolence. but indeed reading law is laborious
indolence. it is thrashing straw. I have read & read
& read – but the Devil a bit can I remember. I have
given all possible attention & attempted to command
volition – no! the eye read – the lips pronounced – I
understood – I re read it – it is was very clear – I remembered the page – the
sentence – but close the book – & all was gone! Were I
an independant man – even on less than I now possess. I
should long since have made the blessed bonfire &
rejoiced that I was free & contented. I need not tell
you this is only for your own eye.
I suffer a good deal from illness. & in a
way hardly understandable by those in health. I start from
sleep as if death had seizd me – I am sensible of every
pulsation – & compelld to attend to the motion of my
heart, till that attention disturbs it, the pain in my side
is I think lessened – nor do I at all think it was
consumption. organic affection it could not have been – else
it had been constant – & a heart disease would not have
been perceived there. I must go abroad,
& recruit under better skies. not to Lisbon. I will see
something new – & something better than Portugueze. Ask
Italy – about Trieste – & the way thro Vienna – &
say something to him on my part expressive of respect – of a
wish one day to see more of him.
But of these plans you shall know more when
they are more moulded into form. in the meantime I must
raise the supplies – & for this purpose there is
Thalaba. my expedition will not be a ruinous one, & it
shall be as oeconomical as it ought. I will at least xxx xxxx return w[MS torn]
not better. Italy will be safe if Austria have sense enou[MS
torn] an event of which I entertain little doubt. even if
the war i[MS torn] is always easy into Germany, – or Sicily
is accessible. [MS torn] is the way – to be obliged to cross
to Hamburgh instead [MS torn] man for subject to sea-sickness! Zounds – it is a
be[MS torn] peace than they had to go to war.
But now for more immediate affairs – the
Antholo[MS torn]  send me something.
Oh for another Parody such as th[MS torn] a Ballad good as
the Circular Old Woman  – who ten[MS torn] I remember
her. There is a poem called Gebir  [MS
torn] God knows who – sold for a shilling. it has mira[MS
torn] And the Bishop
of St Giles’s said the best Poems in the Anthology
were by Mrs Opie  & George Dyer!  & he
writes reviews! – I expect to see my brother Harry
tomorrow – after 20 months absence. he is now sixteen, &
promises much. If I go abroad I shall make every effort to
take him with me. Tom is cruising – & I think likely to rise in
his profession. & my nose has set up a manufactory of
mucous, after having made water for three days incessantly.
– x xxxx can xxxxxxxx
Direct Kingsdown. Bristol.
yrs ever & the same –
Saturday night 25 Dec.
N.B. Cursed Cold Weather!
* Address: To/ Grosvenor Charles Bedford
Esqr/ Exchequer/ Westminster/
DEC 2; B/ DE/ 99
Endorsement: 25. Decr 1799.
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng.
Lett. c. 23
Previously published: Charles Cuthbert
Southey (ed.), Life and Correspondence of Robert
Southey, 6 vols (London, 1849–1850), II, pp.
33–35 [in part; misdated 21 December
 The different names
given to a ruler who tricked his subjects into believing
he could give them access to immortal bliss by drugging
a few individuals and taking them to a beautiful valley,
which they were convinced was Paradise; see Sir John
Mandeville, The Voiage and Travaile of Sir John
Maundeville (London, 1727), pp. 336–339;
Samuel Purchas (c. 1577–1626; DNB),
Purchas his Pilgrimage, 2nd edn
(London, 1614), pp. 237, 317. BACK
 The first Greek word is ‘s/he chose’, but
the meaning of the remaining two words is
 Sir John
Mandeville, The Voiage and Travaile of Sir John
Maundeville (London, 1727), pp. 336–339,
used as a note in Thalaba the Destroyer
(1801), Book 7, line 256. BACK
 Title given by Crusaders to
the head of the Nizari section of Shi’ite Islam, whose
headquarters were at Alamut in Persia between 1090–1256.
It was claimed that this ruler, too, possessed a secret
valley which he persuaded his followers was Paradise,
most famously in Marco Polo’s (1254–1325)
Travels, Book 1, chapter 23. BACK
 Bedford did not contribute to the Annual
Anthology (1800). BACK
 Bedford’s ‘Hag’s Disaster’; see Robert
Southey to Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, 14 October
1799, Letter 446. BACK
 Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864;
DNB), Gebir (1798),
although the poem was published anonymously. BACK
signed ‘To Mr. OPIE’, p. 38; ‘Stanzas written on the
Sea-shore’, pp. 77–78; ‘Sonnet XII’, p. 142; ‘Song’, pp.
118–119; and ‘To Twilight’, pp. 202–204, in
Annual Anthology (Bristol,
 George Dyer signed ‘Ode to the River
Cam’, pp. 48–51; and ‘On Reading Mr Cartwright’s Appeal,
&c.’, pp. 249–252, in Annual
Anthology (Bristol, 1799). BACK